A wall cabinet may need a solid side wall on one or both sides. The side material can be cut from plywood, veneer covered particle board or even Masonite, if it is to be painted.
To construct a wall cabinet with a solid side wall requires changing the rabbit on the front upright side member to a blind dado. The solid side material, requires a dado for the bottom shelf and a rabbit on the top, if a solid top is required. The back upright support is moved in the thickness or the solid side material and the shelf is moved in half the thickness of the solid side wall material.
The side diagonal cross member and the side upper cross member is not required if the side material is a 1/2″ or thicker.
Figure 24 and 24a provides a view of a wall cabinet side that requires a solid side.
Figure 24 - Wall cabinet side requiring a solid side panel
Figure 24a is a top view showing the position of the blind dado and uprights, relative to the bottom shelf.
Figure 24a - Top view of wall cabinet requiring solid side panel
Figure 25 shows a top view of the solid side material mounted to the wall cabinet assembly.
Figure 25 - Top view of wall cabinet showing installation of solid side panel
To mount the wall cabinets, use 3″ screws through the bottom and top horizontal members, into wall studs. If any of the vertical uprights are in front of wall studs, add two screws, one near the top and one near the bottom, through these members as well.
Where wall cabinet sides meet, after they have been attached to the walls, they should be screwed together so that they will not separate over time and to add additional support.